On Tuesday 19 November, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum hosted a conference on Fair Trade and public procurement: Ethical Procurement in the Scottish Public Sector: Values for Money. Held in conjunction with the Fairtrade Foundation, the conference explored how Scotland can build on its achievements as a Fair Trade Nation through the use of public procurement, particularly against the backdrop of imminent public procurement reform. Attendees included buyers and campaigners, public procurement officers, and representatives from Scottish Fairtrade Forum member organisations.
We were fortunate to be joined by a wide range of guest speakers, including:
We drew a number of insights from our discussions during the day, most importantly the need for public procurement officers to be supported in their prioritisation of non-price factors such as Fair Trade throughout the procurement process, and be given confidence through a high-level commitment to such factors.
We would like to thank all those who attended for their valuable contributions.